Computer Science focuses on the study of software, algorithms, programming, and the limits of computation. Using a combination of theory and application, you will learn how to describe problems in a formal, precise way so that machines can solve them. You will also learn about managing large scale programs, and about understanding the power, limitations, and organization of computer software and hardware.
Computer Science is available as a co-op or regular program.
As a co-op student, you will have the choice to choose between four co-op sequences before your first year.
|Year 1||Year 2||Year 3||Year 4||Year 5|
F = Fall | W = Winter | S = Spring | * = Work term | Reg = Regular
You can explore additional areas of interest with your Computer Science studies by adding a specialization in second year to customize your degree.
Courses (available on our Undergraduate Calendar)
|Artificial Intelligence||Undergraduate Calendar|
|Computational Fine Arts||Undergraduate Calendar|
|Digital Hardware||Undergraduate Calendar|
|Human-Computer Interaction||Undergraduate Calendar|
|Software Engineering||Undergraduate Calendar|
In your second year, you can also request to transfer into Bachelor of Computer Science in Data Science program, which allows for additional focus in Data Science in your Bachelor of Computer Science degree.
|Introduction to Computer Science/Designing Functional Programs||CS 115, CS 135 or CS 145|
|Elementary Algorithm Design and Data Abstraction||CS 136 or CS 146|
|Calculus 1||MATH 127, MATH 137 or MATH 147|
|Calculus 2||MATH 128, MATH 138 or MATH 148|
|Algebra||MATH 135 or MATH 145|
|Linear Algebra||MATH 136 or MATH 146|
Course descriptions are available on our Undergraduate Calendar.
For more information on upper year classes, take a look at our suggested academic plans under our "current students" section.
Following your undergraduate degree, you can continue your studies in Computer Science through our graduate studies program. At Waterloo, you can pursue a Master of Mathematics (MMath) with a specialization in Computer Science.
Our third year students can apply for our accelerated master's option to fast track their program.
Try your hand at research by enrolling in one of our Undergraduate Research Assistantship (URA) positions as a current student. You can work with a professor during your academic or co-op term.